Lydiard and Snell
Arthur Lydiard and Peter Snell made an unbeatable team. With Coach Lydiard's guidance Peter Snell won three Olympic gold medals and set five world records.
In January of 2004 I was contacted by Rich Benyo, editor of Marathon & Beyond Magazine. He planned to run an article in the May/June issue about Snell and Lydiard, and needed a painting for the cover.
I've always loved doing portraits, especially when I can combine one with an action shot. The subject of coach and runner fit this concept perfectly. A montage of Lydiard looming behind Peter Snell would make a great cover.
The Base Drawing - Febuary 18, 2004
Blocking in the Color - February 22, 2004
Finished - February 29, 2004
I was careful to establish a strong value pattern, light against dark and dark against light. I didn't want the runner to get lost or overwhelmed by the portrait, so I kept nice highlights on his head and shoulders, while playing the values down directly behind him on the portrait.
a little depth I like to let the shadow side of forms blur into the background,
losing that hard edge. The shadow side of Lydiard's head recedes into
the darkness, while the highlights of his face jump forward.
Many thanks to Nobby Hashizume for help with the photo research!
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